What to say about this new chapter? Simple really: I Love it!!!
Thanks guys , and kudos to @Neoteros for the insight.
There was a wealth of talent available in Italy in 1848, which unfortunately went unused, or wasted in gallant but doomed attempts.
Things might have been truly different, and a much more satisfactory result might have been achieved if only the right nudges had been applied (and the Sardinian army had remembered to pick up maps of Lombardy and Veneto before crossing the Ticino, of course ).
It was painful to get rid of Vittorio Emanuele, and I fought tooth and nail to save him (1), but there was no reasonable way to do it.
At least his untimely death has resulted in the later birth of Maria Cristina, so it was not a complete waste.
Enjoy the ride!
(1) It's a lie: I never liked VE, not as a man nor as a king, and getting rid of him was a guilty pleasure
I sometimes feel bad for poor VEII, I do not know why we are being so mean to the Re Galantuomo....
I really like your analysis, and I subscribe. On the whole, the stance of *Italy on the international stage will largely depend on the outcome of the other 1848, which in turn will be reasonably different with respect to OTL, especially in Austria, for obvious reasons. This in turn will resonate in Germany, of course. As for Bismarck, it is hard to tell if he will rise to the same prominence as OTL: for now, IIRC he should be a rather obscure Prussian Junker. IOTL there was a time where the Germans complained that they had "just Bismarck", instead of Cavour; ITTL they might just say "Why don't we have our Cavour... Bismarck who?" Jokes aside, We will cover the international situation more in depth after the current narrative arc is completed.That said, I wonder what the foreign policy of an Italy that basically reclaimed every single piece of Irredenta save for Corsica and maybe Malta (if we're stretching the definition of Irredenta by a fair bit) will look like - with no reason left to antagonize Vienna, a good relationship with Paris, and London being seen as an example to follow by two of the most influential men in the country, there would be no incentive for the country to engage in the kind of diplomatic shenanigans that would make von Bismarck (is he even going to become a thing here?) beg for mercy.
All I can see it being concerned about, is to try and keep the Balkans from uh, being the Balkans.
Who knows? It's way too early to see how all the chips will fall downMight we perhaps see a Großdeutschland born out of this as Austria looks for ways to regain it's greatness so to speak?
Might we perhaps see a Großdeutschland born out of this as Austria looks for ways to regain it's greatness so to speak?
I was musing along similar lines myself. The loss of Lombardy -Venetia is already quite a blow, since these lands were paying 1/3 of the tax revenues of the empire, even with just 1/6 of the population (forget Dalmatia, which had to be subsidized, but in any case it was pocket change). Now they loose also Hungary, as well as the Military Frontier and Transylvania (Slovenia is a toss-up). It becomes pretty hard to keep up pretensions, also because it is quite likely that the Czechs will become uppity (Bohemia was the most industrialized portion of the Habsburg domains, as well as the only region which is a net fiscal contributor, after loosing Lombardy and Venetia).Since Austria seems to be headed towards utter ruin in the Adriatic, this is probably going to have consequences further inland, in Hungary - there were some ties between Hungarian and Italian nationalists back then and, if both movements were to succeed, this would probably turn Italy and Hungary into very close allies... if you bring the historical closeness of Hungary and Poland into the mix, some kind of Italy/Hungary/Poland axis wouldn't be unlikely, I mean, even in OTL, the national anthems of Italy and Poland mention the other country, in the context of a shared struggle against Vienna.
That'd be the stuff of nightmares for any Habsburg and any Romanov, and even the Sultan in Constantinople would be scared shitless, given the Ottomans' weakening grasp on the Balkans, that in this scenario would be more or less equally split between an Italian sphere of influence and a Hungarian one. Germany/Prussia would not like being boxed in by France, Hungary, Italy and possibly Poland, either. And even London might come to regret having had a hand in this mess.
Maria Cristina and her older near-namesake would feel right at home in a novel of manners.
Narrated by Cavour.
I cannot see Camillo writing a novel, it's not his cup of tea.I just realized "Reason and Common Sense" and "Persuasion" would be very fit titles for ALT-Cavour's books...
Yes, I was just joking: "Persuasion" could well be the title of a TTL biography of Cavour. Regarding TTL Italian Dickens or Victor Hugo, I would really love to see one. An early possibility is having Alessandro Manzoni back in action: in OTL 1850 he rejected his earlier views on mixing intention and historical facts, favoring the search for historical truth. Why not doing this with facts he had partially witnessed first-hand, and of which there were plenty of good an reliable resources?I cannot see Camillo writing a novel, it's not his cup of tea.
I do wonder if ITTL there will be an Italian Dickens or Victor Hugo to write a trilogy about the events of this fatal 1848